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Traffic Road Rage

20 Jul Blog | Comments

Road rage, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries is: “Violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in difficult conditions”. That definition is the most extreme version of road rage, but most of us are guilty of some level of road rage.

We have all been stuck in traffic jams. We have all been cut off. It is frustrating and sometimes upsetting to the point of making us over react. Most people stick the two lower levels of road rage. One of those levels is called Verbal Road Rage. This level is where most people go. They may honk, yell or even curse at the driver that has done something wrong. This level, although not the best way to respond, is the most commonly used.

The second level, Quiet Road Rage, is when a person doesn’t necessarily verbalize their frustration, but may act out in other ways. One way is by speeding up without realizing they have done so. They are so angry and need to release that frustration by speeding, or possibly weaving in and out of traffic. This can be dangerous because he or she is more focused on their anger rather than the road.

When a person does resort to violent anger they cross a line from a normal level of anger or frustration to the third level, called Epic Road Rage. People who have crossed over that line and resort to that type of road rage can do some real damage. They not only lose control of themselves, but also the several hundred pounds vehicle he or she is driving. When that person loses control he/she may run into another car, hurting or possibly killing the passenger(s).

Or another version of Epic Road Rage is when the person gets out of their vehicle and do physical harm to another person. They may start a fight with the person or in extreme cases actually shoot the other person. Neither of these situations ends well, because someone ends up getting hurt and/or killed and the person who lost control ends up in jail.

Driving can be a very stressful event depending on where a person is going and what time of day they are trying to get there. The problem with driving is that it is done by humans who get into the car with all sorts of baggage.

A person may not have slept well the night before and forget to turn on their left turn signal. They slow down and the person behind them ends up having to slam on their brakes. This irritates that person who had a bad day at work. They are now angrier and may honk their horn. The person who didn’t sleep well, did not mean to make him/her angry. And normally the other driver would have let it roll of his/her back.

Most of the time road rage could be prevented if people would just follow the “Rules of the Road” and be more tolerant of others in conditions that no one can control, like rush hour traffic.




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